When a new user registers an email is sent to my email address. When I created the site the first admin account was mine using email address ([email protected])

I want to change which email is sent a new user notification.

Under Settings > General there is a field named E-mail Address. I have this set to a different email address ([email protected]) but it is still sending emails to me ([email protected])

Documentation says the email notification is sent to the Admin email. On this site we have three admin accounts. The [email protected] is not associated to an admin account.

Documentation not very clear in this instance.

What is the process to change this or have I some plugin interfering and causing a problem?


  • Does this still happen, after you disabled all plugins and switched to one of the Twenty* themes? Please follow the linked process to identify the conflicting plugin or theme. If this is not the case, then we can look further into it. But from what wp_new_user_notification() source shows, it's just using whatever you set as admin_email option.
    – kaiser
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 14:34
  • Not able to test this at the moment. Are you able to clarify wha the admin_email is. Is it a) the email set in Settings > General b) the first admin email used to create the site c) other
    – ejntaylor
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 17:55
  • Just go home and in front of a computer :) Then just dump the contents of get_option( 'admin_email' ); in the footer.
    – kaiser
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 17:56
  • Thanks - live site for an old client (receiving their emails). Bit long-winded to clone to local. Will output option as recommended. Cheers
    – ejntaylor
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 17:58
  • Ok, can confirm get_option( 'admin_email' ) is set to the email address in Settings > General. But emails still sent to the other email address...
    – ejntaylor
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 18:00

1 Answer 1


do you have a hand coded theme? A while ago I did a theme for a friend and insted of any plugins, costum post types, etc. I created a page manually and made a sign up form. This is how my form was set up:

START OF PHP CODE! $to = '[email protected]'; $subject = 'Your desired subject'; $option1= $_POST['option1']; $option2= $_POST['option2']; $option3= $_POST['option3'];

$body = <<< EMAIL The desired message that will be sent to the given email. Option 1: $option1 Option 2: $option2 Option 3: $option3 EMAIL;

$headers = "From: $email"; if($_POST) { mail($to, $subject, $body, $header); } END OF PHP CODE!

<label for="option1">Option 1</label> <br>
<input type="text" name="option1" id="option1" placeholder="Option 1" />

<label for="option2">Option 2</label> <br>
<input type="text" name="option2" id="option2" placeholder="Option 2" />

<label for="option3">Option 3</label> <br>
<input type="text" name="option2" id="option3" placeholder="Option 3" />

  • Thanks, but I am talking about the automatic notifications and not a sign up form.
    – ejntaylor
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 17:53

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